“[…]India’s Deputy Home Minister, Shakeel Ahmad, told the BBC it was “very clearly established” that all the attackers had been from Pakistan - echoing similar comments from other officials in recent days.[…]”
The BBC is an extremely partisan supporter of the Labour party, because of this fact the beeb is not a reliable source of information.
The same day that several UK newspapers headline was Mubai attackers British I watched the BBC’s broadcast where they reported on the origin of the attackers. For several minutes they went to great lengths to blame international jihadists, Alqaeda and went into detail about them. Then at the end of the segment they gave the briefest of mentions of the possible UK connection and then only to discount it and say it has been disproven.
“[…]The Mumbai attackers were all from Pakistan, India’s deputy interior minister has said, stopping short of blaming the government in Islamabad for last week’s carnage which left more than 170 dead.[…]”
Again this is coming from the Indians after they have had a talking to from the British government.
“[…]High commissioner in Delhi called to foreign office and told ‘elements from Pakistan’ carried out terrorist massacre[…]”
“India says it has proof the estimated 10 militants who went on the rampage at two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a tourist cafe and other targets in the commercial city had connections with Pakistan.”
What proof? India doesn’t even have official records for all of it’s own citizens, but we are now to believe that they know who all the Pakistani’s are.
As before - let’s wait for the facts to come in. So far they don’t seem to support the thread title at all. Given the strong ties between UK and Pakistani islamist radicals, it wouldn’t be a surprise - but so far it seems that this expectation is not fulfilled.
There were reports that some of the terrorists had British accents and all the terrorists have not been caught or killed.
Rashid Rauf who was British is thought to be the mastermind behind this attack.
Here is what the Israelis are saying about how the Mumbai attack was practically identical to another attack carried out by British muslims in Israel.
The Mumbai terror attack’s first prototype: Mike’s Place, Tel Aviv, 2003
Five years ago, al Qaeda enlisted two Pakistani British Muslims to land by sea in Tel Aviv, seize a large beachside hotel and the nearby US embassy, take hostages and shoot as many as possible. Recruited at London’s radical Finsbury Park mosque (like Shoe-bomber Richard Reid, Asif Muhammed Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif were trained for their mission in neighboring Syria and Gaza Strip.
But they missed their main objectives. Instead, they hit Mike’s Place, a bar, killing three Israelis and injuring 60. Those directives, however, recurred strikingly - albeit on a mega-scale - in the Islamist terrorists’ method of operation in Mumbai, on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Mumbai was attacked - not by two but an estimated 30 terrorists, who were assigned seven targets in a world city of more than 16 million. Had the pair of bombers carried off their Tel Aviv mission as instructed, less than two years after 9/11, it would have resonated hugely for al Qaeda. The two British Islamists were prepared as meticulously as the much larger group of Mumbai attackers, spending months in Gaza taking instruction from Hamas in suicide tactics with bomb vests, after their initial indoctrination in Syria.
The 2003 attack started going askew when, at the last moment, Hanif and Sharif’s al Qaeda controller changed the original plan. Instead of landing in Tel Aviv by sea, the bombers were told to make their way from Gaza to the Israeli town several days before the target date, register at a hotel with their British passports and thoroughly scout the targeted locations.
Although by 2008, al Qaeda had advanced from bomb vests to commando tactics, careful reconnaissance and mounting operations from neighboring countries were abiding elements of their mode of operation, as revealed in the Mumbai assault.
The 2003 operation began to unravel after the two bombers, instead of making for a hotel and the US embassy, attacked a bar, only to find their bomb vests were defective. Hanif’s detonated only partly, killing three Israelis and himself, Sharif’s did not work at all and he ran off.
Then, too, the UK government disowned any British connection in the incident, which was easier then, given the small scale of the incident.
The full story came out only four years later in May 2007, when US forces in Iraq captured Al Hadi al Iraqi, who turned out to be the al Qaeda operative who trained Hanif and Sharif and sent them to Tel Aviv in April 2003.